Every year the masses learn that being part of the LGBTQ community is not that different; people are people. Yet due to social and communal customs and rituals, the queer community is still highly oppressed all over the world. Legally, as citizens, the community has won battles when it comes to discrimination, protections in the workplace, marriage, and adoption all over the world.
But the oppression still makes it feel difficult for individuals to feel comfortable or confident in what they do, whether it is in the public medium or in their personals lives, because of their sexual or romantic inclinations. That is the reason that public figures are important to have for all communities, showing support for equality and struggling youth.
Allies create a great support system for the queer community. These days Madonna, Ben Cohen, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Jason Mraz, Kathy Griffin, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Brendon Ayanbadejo are some of the self-proclaimed heterosexual (or hetero-flexible) individuals who have in some way or another stood, spoken or achieved advancement for the community.
In 2014 many public figures have publicly shared their own labels in order to inspire others to love and accept each other. Following the steps of college basketball player Derrick Gordon, Mormon-rockstar Tyler Glenn and British nineties pop star Kavana coming out so far this year, here is a list of some individuals who consider themselves as part of the community.